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he was very laborious and faithful in. will perform the remainder, in a short his services, in attending conferences, time ; he having suspended missionin preaching lectures, in visiting fam. ary services, with a view of supplying, ilies and schools, and that he received for a few weeks, a vacant society, as in contribution $18,50.
a candidate. From bis journal of The journal of Rev. Enos Bliss has that part of his mission, which he has been received, from which it appears, performed, it appears that he attendthat he has performed a mission of od 14 conferences, preached 36 ser12 weeks in the new settlements, on mons, visited 6 schools and 128 fam. the Black River, that he travelled 722 ilies, and received in contribution miles, preached 94 sermons, made 65,68. 100 family visits, attended 18 confer- A missionary appointment has been ences, visited 7 schools, attended 4 sent to Rev. Jeremiah Osborn of funerals, administered the sacrament Western, Tioga County, authorising of the Lord's supper twice, and bap- him to labour in the service of the tism 3 times, and received in contri. Society 4 or 5 weeks, at his discre. bution $7,28.
tion, in the vacant towns and settleRev. Azel Washburn was appoint. ments adjacent to him. ed to perform a mission, of 4 weeks, Rev. Samuel Shepard was request. in the north eastern part of the ed to spend a few days as a mis
County of Berkshire. From his sionary, in the north east part of the journal it appears that he preached County of Berkshire. His journal of 26 times, visited 2 schools, attended this mission states, that he laboured one religious conference, visited from 9 days, rode more than 80 miles, 60 to 70 families, and received in preached 13 sermons, visited 10 fam. contribution $18,61.
ilies, 2 schools and a number of sick Rev. Mr. Ayer, by appointment, people. He received in contribution has performed a mission, of 20 weeks, $3,63. in the western Counties in the state Since the last Report of the Trus. of New-York. On this mission be tees to the Society, returns of 91 rode 1150 miles, preached 82 ser- weeks and 2 days of missionary ser. mons, made 121 family visits, attend- vice, actually performed, have been ed 4 funerals and 15 conferences, made to the Trustees. visited and catechised 3 schools, The amount of contributions, in baptised 27 children, admitted 5 per- the new settlements, as stated by the sons to the communion of churches, journals received, is $155,48. attended 3 church meetings, and The amount of monies paid out, received in contribution $52,94. since the last Report, for missionary
Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth is preaching is 9458,58. engaged on another mission, of 12 The Report of the Treasurer was weeks, in the Counties of Luzern and also heard and accepted by the So. Wayne. He has sent to us a journal ciety. The following is his Report of 8 weeks of labour, as a part of this at large, with a statement of his ac. mission, accompanied by a letter, in counts continued to Feb. 4th, 1808, which he gives assurance,
that he when they were audited. statement of the funds of the Congregational Missionary Society in the Counties of Berkshire and Columbia, and the expenditures of the same, from the 21st of November, 1806, to the 4th of February, 1808, inclusive.
Account of Monies received by the Treasurer.
- S 466,40 1807, Jan. 9, Of Rev. Enos Bliss, collected on bis mission to Black River 7,28 Feb. 6th, Of Rev. Alvan Sanderson, collected on his mission to the northern parts of the state of Vermont
13,50 12th, Of Rev. Azel Washburn, collected on a mission in the northern parts of the county of Berkshire
· 16,61 13th, Of Rev. Azel Washburn, a donation
2,00 Of a member for arrears of annuities
2,00 25th, Of the town of Pittsfield
23,00 March 6, Of P. a donation
2,60 Of R. E, a donation
Mar. 20, of Mr. Levi Parsons, collected on a mission to the western counties of the state of New York
12,76 April 21, Of the town of Lee
· 20,11 June 10, Of a member for arrears of annuities
1,00 17, Of Rev. S. Tracy, a donation
1,75 July 1st, Of deacon John Hall, a donation
2,00 Sept. 4th, Of a friend of missions in Williamstown
10,00 Of Rev. Alvan Hyde, veing the profits arising from his sale of the second volume of the Panoplist
- 37,00 15th, Of 27 members, their annual dues
27,00 Of 5 members, arrearage of annual dues
5,00 Of 6 members, their entrance money
6,00 Of Rev. Samuel Shepard, collected on a mission to the northern parts of the county of Berkshire
3,63 Of the town of Middllefield
· 17,06 Of the town of New Concord
- 13,37 Of the town of New Lebanon
7,67 Of a friend of gospel missions
2,00 Of Mr. Samuel Baldwin, jun.
4,00 Of Rev. Elisha Yale
1,10 Of Mr, Leicester
1,00 Of Mr. William Allen
1,00 Soth, Of a friend of missions in Dalton
1,00 Oct. 5th, Of Rev. Oliver Ayer, collected on a mission to the Western parts of the state of New York
· 52,94 Of Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth, collected on a mission to the counties of Wayne and Luzern, Penn.
4,70 Dec. Ath, Of female friend of missions
2,50 Of a friend of missions
2,00 1808, Feb. 4, Of the North Society in the town of New Marlborough 16,53
Of 9 members, arrearage of their annuities, received at sun-
The number of Books received since Nov. 2 181, 1806, viz.
book, 1 Resurrectioh of Christ, 3 primers, and 1 Trial of
The number of books now on hand, viz.
tian Theology,” '1 bible dictionary, 1 religious life, 1 spel-
3 Primers, and 36 dialogues, or “cheap religious tracts." Monies paid by order of the Trustees since Nov. 2 18t, 1806. Dec. 5, 1806, To Rev. Oliver Ayer, in advance of a mission to the coun
ties of Otsego, Herkimer, Ontario, and Steuben in the state
50,00 1807, Jan. 9, To Rev. Enos Bliss for a mission to the settlements on Black River, in the State of New York.
- 64,00 Jan. 12, To Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth for a mission to the County of Luzern, Pennsylvania
Jan. 19th, To Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth in advance of a misson · 38,50
To Mr. Levi Parsons for a mission to the County of Onon.
28,75 Feb. 6, To Rev. Alvan Sanderson for a mission to the Northwesterly parts of the State of Vermont
80,00 12th, To Rev. Azel Washburn for a mission to tie northerly parts of the County of Berkshire
- 28,00 March 20, To Mr. Levi Parsons, for missionary services in the western Counties in the State of New York
31,25 July 1, To Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth for missionary services in
the Counties of Wayne and Luzern, Pennsylvania 23,00 20th, To Mr. Oliver Sergeant for missionary services
5,00 Sep. 15, To Rev. Dr. West, expense of advertising the meeting of the Trustees
1,00 To Rev. Thomas Allen, expense of transporting Books 0,50 Oct. 5, To Rev. Oliver Ayer for a missiun to the western parts of
· 90,00 To Mr. Ebenezer I. Leavenworth for missionary services in the Counties of Wayne and Luzern, Pennsylvania
9,82 Dec, 30, To Rev. Aaron Kinne, for a mission to the northern parts of the County of Berkshire
21,00 1808, Feb. 4, The Balance of money in the Treasury
$102,51 WILLIAM WALKER, Treasurer.
SAMUEL SHEPARD, Auditor. Officers of the Society for the present Hon. BARNABAS BIDWELL, Esq. year.
Rev. SAMUEL SHEPARD. Rev. STEPHEN WEST, D.D. Pres. Rev. Samuel SHEPARD, Auditor Hon. T.EDWARDS, Esq. Vice Pres.
of accounts. Hon. W. WALKER, Esq. Treasurer. COMMITTEE OP Trustees, Rev. ALVAN Hyde, Secretary.
Rev. STEPHEN WEST, D. D.
Rev. ALVAN Hyde.
Rev. SAMUEL SHEPARD.
The next annual meeting of the Hon. TIMOTHY EDWARDS, Esq. Society will be holden at the meetRev. EPHRAIM J Udson.
ing house in Lanesborough the 3d Hon. WILLIAM WALKER, Esq. Tuesday in Sept. 1808, at 2 o'clock Rev. THOMAS ALLEN.
P. M. Rev. Jonathan Nash of Mid. David Rosseter, Esq.
dlefield is appointed to preach on Rev. ALVAN Hyde.
the occasion, and in case of his fail. Deacon LEVI NYE.
ure, Rev. John Morse of Green River, Rey, DAVID PERRY.
Alvan Hyde, Secretary.
INDIA. RELIGIOUS AND LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The Secretary of the London Mis- lam translation of the scriptures imsionary Society has received a letter mediately, there being 200,000 Chris. from the Rev. Mr. Ringeltaube, dated tians in Malayalam, who are ready to Palamcotta, Feb.7, 1807. This Mis- receive it. Even the Romish bishop, sionary has acquired the language of it is said, signified his consent to the the country, so as to write it correctly, circulation of the scriptures among his and speak it with but little hesitation. people. The Doctor observes in his
Mr. Ringeltaube has also sent his letter to Mr. Ringeltaube, that he has journal, from Sept. 12, 1800, to Feb. bad singular success in obtaining an6, 1807. He mentions that Dr.
cient manuscripts, in Hebrew, Syriac, Buchanan had requested the loan of &c. Mr. R. greatly rejoiced at this his Bible in the Tamul language, as he good news; and sent him his only was about to commence the Malaya. copy of that Bible without delay.
Ecclesiastical Antiquities in India. which they are maintained, and with
all other circumstances connected (We have been favoured by a re. with this important subject.
spectable Correspondent in India, I have the honour to be, Rev. Sir, with a copy of a REPORT, present.
Your most'obedient humble Servant, ed by a pious clergyman, at the re
(Signed) G. G. KEBLE, quest of the Governor of Madras,
Sec. to Government. concerning the state of the ancient Fort St. George, June 28, 1806.” Christians in Cochin and Travancore. This Report is so curious
“ To the Right Honowable Lord Wiland so interesting, that we shall give liam C. Bentinck, Governor in Coun. the whole of it to our readers, as. cil, Cc. c. sured that they will esteem it, as
« My Lord, we do, a most valuable and import
“ WHEN at Mysore, I was honour. ant document. It is followed by
ed by the receipt of Mr. Sccretary an account of the Rev. Dr. Bucha.
Keble's letter, dated the 28th Jnne nan's Discoveries.)
last; and finding my general health
much improved, I resolved to proceed REPORT
to the Malabar coast, in search of Of the Senior Chaplain of Fort St.
the information required by your George, to the Right Honoura. lordship in council, regarding the ble Lord William Bentinck, gor
Christians inhabiting that part of the ernor of Madras, on the state of peninsula :-an investigation which I the Christians inhabiting the king. have found as interesting as it is imdoms of Cochin and Travancore; portant, whether it regards humanity with an article of interesting litera.
at large, or as it is connected, in a ry intelligence, containing an ac- political view, with the British inte. count of the discoveries made by rests in this country. the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, in the
“ To view the extensive field point. course of his investigations under- ed out for my inquiries minutely, taken by order of the supreme gov.
would require much more of my time ernment in Bengal.
than could be well spared from my
other public avocations ; and as I « Public Department.
learned that the Rev. Dr. Buchanan
was nominated by the government of “To the Rev. Dr. Keer, Senior Chaplain Bengal, to travel over the same of Port St. George.
ground, for purposes somewhat sim« REV. SIR,
ilar, I did not think it incumbent on “ The Rt. Hon. the Governor in me to take up more than a general Council, being desirous of availing view of the subject, and I directed himself of your vicinity to the Malabar my attention accordingly, not so much coast, to obtain every possible in. to details as to matters of compreformation in regard to the establish- hensive import. ment, &c. of the Christian Religion “ The first object to which the or. in that part of the peninsula, I am ders of government refer, is, to an directed by his lordship in council, to account of the introduction of Chris. desire that so soon as the state of tianity into this country. your
health and the season will per- “ There can be no doubt whatever, mit, you will proceed to the provinces that the St. Thome Christians settled on that coast ; and you will forward on the Malabar coast at a very early to me, for the information of govern. period of the Christian church; from ment, such accounts as you may be whence they, at one time, spread in able to collect, of the first introduction various slirections as far even as Mi. of Christianity into India--of the leapoor, and St. Thomas's Mount :arrival of the different sects who bave but to derive authentic information as been, or may be, in existence of to the time of their arrival, is at pretheir general history, and of the per- sent no easy task, secutions to which they may have “ From the confusion arising from been exposed--of their success in the imperfection of Hindoo chronolomaking proselytes-of their church gv, from the desire which these Chris. establishment, and of the source from tians have to derive their origin from the earliest possible times, (which the public in a most faithful, interest. may perhaps have introduced false ing, and abie manner. traditions amongst them) and as all “When the Portuguese first arriv. their authentic records are reported ed in this country, in the beginning to have been destroyed during the of the sixteenth century, they found a persecutions of the church of Rome ; Christian church using the Syriofrom all these circumstances, whether Chaldaic language, establisbied in the we refer to the Hindoo accounts, to neighbourhood of Cranganore ; and, the St. Thome Christians themselves, though it was published to the world or to their persecutors, the Roman many centuries before that period, Catholics, we are not likely to arrive that such a church existed, yet we at any certain conclusion as to the ex- find their ignorance expressed in the act time of their establishment in wonder which it excited. Malabar. Some circumstances, how- “ These Christians met the Portu. ever, may be collected from undoubted guese as natural friends and allies, authority, by which it may be inferred, and rejoiced at their coming; but that they have been for nearly fifteen the Portuguese were much disapcenturies established in India; for we pointed at finding the St. Thome find, in ecclesiastical history, that at Christians firmly fixed in the tenets the first council at Nice, in the year of a primitive church ; and soon 325, a bishop from India was amongst adopted plans for drawing away from the number composing that memora- their pure faith this innocent, ingenble synod; and, in the creeds and uous, and respectable people: howdoctrines of the Christians of Mala. ever, after using for nearly a century, bar, internal evidence exists of their all the customary arts and abominabeing a primitive church ; for the ble persecutions of the church of supremacy of the pope is denied, and Rome io no purpose, Don Alexis De the doctrine of Transubstantiation Meneses, the archbishop of Goa, apnever has been held by them; and peared amongst them; and, by his they regarded, and still regard the commanding influence, his zeal, and worship of images as idolatrous, and his learning, and on the authority of the doctrine of purgatory to be fable what he called the Council of Udiamlous:-moreover, they never admitted per, forced the Syrian Metropolitan, as sacraments, extreme unction, mar- his priests and people, into the Roa riage, or confirmation: all which man pale. The Archbishop, howfacts may be substantiated on refer- ever, had not long quitted the scene ence to the acts of the synod establish- of this triumph of bigotry, ere the ed by Don Alexis de Meneses, arch. people sighed for their old religion, bishop of Goa, at Udiamper, in the and cherished it in private ; but on
the 22d of May, 1653, they held a “ The history of this council will congress at Alingatte, and great be found most ably detailed in a numbers, headed by their Metropoliwork printed in French, and entitled, tan, revolted publicly from the Ro. “ The History of Christianity in mish communion ; nor has all the inIndia,” published at the Hague, in fluence of the Roman Pontiff, and the the year 1724, by La Croze, the cele. kings of Portugal, been able to draw brated librarian to the king of them away again from their old Prussia.
faith. “ The object of this work was to “Leaving the history of this indeduce, from authentic materials, the teresting people, which is affectingly rise, progress, and establishment of delineated in La Croze's Book, i Christianity in the East; and to hold shall, in this report, confine myself up to disgrace, and to merited in. more particularly to the existing dignation, the bigotted and unworthy state of Christianity in Malabar ; conduct of the Roman Catholic and, in order that your Lordship may church, in the persecution set on foot have the subject clearly before you, by her emissaries, under her avowed I shall consider each sect of Chrissanction, against the primitive Chris. tians by itself, under the head of, tians, who were found settled on the 1st, St. Theme, or Jacobite Chris. coast of Malabar; and La Croze tians ;-2dly, The Syrian Catholics, seems to have discharged his duty to who have been forced from the Jaco.